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Chemistry of Materials

SRI’s Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory develops and advances materials and their processes through a broad range of chemical approaches. R&D approaches include synthesis of new polymeric materials such as:

  • Inorganic polymers

  • Organic-inorganic hybrids

  • Sol-gel

  • Graphene-based materials

  • Functional and structural polysiloxanes

  • Polyketones

  • Hydrolytic and biodegradable polymers

  • Polyolefins

  • Light-emitting polymers

Synthesis involves novel reactions and highly efficient organometallic catalysis.

Other activities involve ceramic and polymer processing including advanced composites and nanocomposites, and synthesis of ceramic nanopowders such as functionalized phosphors and contrast agents. SRI also studies fiber-reinforced ceramic and polymeric composites and various inorganic coatings and films with robust or optoelectronic performance.

Our research focuses on protection of ceramics, metals, and polymeric structures via wet-coating techniques.


artist's conception of a decomposing electronic component

Silicon/Air Battery for “Vanishing” Electronic Systems

To meet an important military challenge, SRI is designing a sensor system that can disappear on command.